TRIBUTES have been paid to a beloved pensioner who was found dead after he went missing from home.
Dai Dykins, 75, was found dead on Tuesday morning in woodland near Shotton Railway Station.
Mr Dykins, a lifelong Everton fan who was well known from his time working at Deeside Leisure Centre, had gone missing from his home on Shotton Lane, Shotton on Monday.
His daughter Sally Parker paid tribute on behalf of the family.
She said: “He would often be seen walking through Shotton where he had time for everyone.
“He was a lifelong Everton season ticket-holder who kept to the same matchday ritual of a flask of coffee and a pie from the local butcher.
“He was well known over the years working at Deeside Leisure Centre before retiring from Airbus.
“Someone once said they saw him cross the road and he knew that many people he waved to six by the time he’d crossed.
“He was very proud of his roots in Holywell where he came from a large family.
“He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”
Mr Dykins was married to the late Lillian Dykins and leaves family including Mark, Shaun, Kerys, Sally and grandchildren Dylan, Ieuan, Thomas and Billy.
North Wales Police confirmed Mr Dykins’ death was not being treated as suspicious.